Vertigo, or difficulty with balance, has many causes. The center for balance is in the middle ear; therefore, anything that affects the middle ear, such as a severe ear infection, sinus infection, and other nerve maladies can result in vertigo. If you put your finger in your ear, push forward and open and close your jaw, you can feel the head of the jaw compress into the ear.
Vertigo From Clenching and Grinding Your Teeth
One cause of vertigo that is frequently overlooked is the clenching or grinding of the teeth. When the jaw muscles contract with enough intensity, it puts pressure on the ear and even the middle of the ear.
Although it is fairly rare, I have seen cases of this in my practice. In one instance I was examining a patient with an upper denture and she was having a problem with vertigo. I asked if she was wearing her denture at night and she said no. I knew that without the denture she would probably over close, and that could cause the jaw to go further back into the ear. I instructed her to start wearing her denture at night and it solved her problem.
However, even people with a normal set of dentition can have vertigo problems relating to the jaw, and clenching or grinding can be the main causative factor. The best way to prevent this is to wear a mouth guard that will prevent the teeth from coming together with such extreme force.
There are many mouth guards that will treat this problem, some professional and some over-the-counter. The professional device, while better, can cost hundreds of dollars.
GrindReliefN is the only mouth guard device I have seen that is equal to or exceeds the capabilities of the professional devices. One of the advantages of this device over other mouth guards is the central power bar. This power bar exerts the most force on the upper and lower front teeth at the midline, creating a nerve stimulus that causes the muscles to stop contracting up to 60% or more.
A simple pencil test can demonstrate how this works. If you place a pencil between your back teeth, you’ll find it easy to bite into it. Now, put the pencil between your upper and lower front teeth at the midline, and you will find that you can’t produce the same force.